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   Re: [xml-dev] bohemians, gentry

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> I suppose one could say to them, "Bzzt. You lose. Design your own query
> language for your data, but it ain't XML."

Ah, I just did in a reply to Dare Obasanjo that I sent a second before
getting your message:-)

> Why, I have to ask, didn't you just write SQL in the first place.

that isn't exactly a ringing endorcement of Xpath2 from a working group
member. Why is it that I get the feeling that XSLT group just got tired
and couldn't be bothered to work on Xpath until it was too late and it 
had already been severly compromised into a database query language.

> Query's odd non-XML syntax 

Personally I think Xquery should be ruled out of order as a W3C spec on
those grounds if nothing else. Re-using almost all the XML syntax
in a non XML language would be strange for anyone to do, but for the W3C
to do it is just ....

  In any event, I still don't see how providing the ability to access
  typed data causes problems except for the case where you want to query
  the original lexical form of the data and its typed value in the same
  processor at the same time.

I'd believe that if you showed me how in an XSLT2 stylesheet I could say

  If the XML parser has corrupted my data stop here so I can find a
  different parser.


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